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UNHOLY ALLIANCE: Big animal agriculture and phony environmental groups collaborate on climate change

GEORGINA GUSTIN: The American Farm Bureau Federation, the country’s largest and most powerful agricultural lobbying group, has long pushed against climate legislation and worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to defeat it. But on Tuesday, the Farm Bureau announced it had joined an unlikely alliance of food, forest, farming and environment groups that intends to work... to reduce the food system’s role in climate change and reward farmers when they lower their greenhouse gas emissions. Members of the new group, called the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, include the…

NO MEATINGS: COVID-19 isn’t the only social health risk we face this Thanksgiving

WILLIAM JAMES: Though we should all work to mitigate the risk of spreading the Coronavirus to one another, the traditional annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner - eaten by upwards of 88 percent of Americans - faces unprecedented unique challenges caused by this year's pandemic that should have every American thinking about where that turkey came from and what was done to ensure its safety and integrity. A quick glance at this year's headlines shows just how heavily the meat industry has been strained by COVID-19, with coronavirus-linked processing plant shutdowns leading to meat shortages…

THE LAMB OF GOD: Can you be a good Christian and eat meat?

DW: On the outskirts of Münster lies the Institute for Theological Zoology. It is run by... Rainer Hagencord and is home to several animals, including two donkeys called Frederik and Fridolin. People who come here get to hear the Gospel and connect with the animals at the same time. According to Rainer Hagencord, this experience is crucial to his work because it allows his flock to reconnect with nature and God — a presence that he says has been all but lost amid the countless factory farms and meat processing plants that dominate this region... Rainer Hagencord is a Catholic priest based in…

YOU’RE MEAT: Scientists have created an edible steak made from human cells

IAIN LEGGAT: Made by a group of American scientists, the Ouroboros Steak could, in theory, be grown by the diner in the comfort of their home, using their own cells, which are harvested from inside of the cheek. The steaks are then fed serum, derived from expired, donated blood... The prototypes were created without causing any harm to animals - something the creators are hoping makes a statement about the growing selection of cultured meat made from animal cells. The meat industry is becoming increasingly reliant on fetal bovine serum (FBS), which is a protein rich growth liquid for cell…

SEE NO EVIL: Veganism IS The Green Revolution, UK’s Boris Johnson must realise that

CLAIRE HAMLETT: Laying out his 10-point, £12 billion plan for Britain’s “green industrial revolution” in the Financial Times, Boris Johnson described a future filled with electric cars, carbon capture and storage technology, wind turbines and hydrogen-powered ships. This vision is heavy on the “industrial” and light on the “green”. What green there is may be undermined by other major sources of carbon emissions and environmental degradation in the UK, which are left unaddressed in the plan. Public transport will run on clean fuel, new cycle lanes will be built, and more low-traffic…

JUST LIKE US: ‘Gunda’, Joaquin Phoenix’s new ground-breaking animal rights documentary

JUDE DRY: Gunda is an experimental black-and-white film about the life of farm animals that took this year’s Berlin Film Festival by storm. “Gunda” is the latest in a trilogy of nature films from Russian documentary auteur Victor Kossakovsky, whose 2018 film “Aquarela” broke technological barriers to examine water in various shapes around the world. After viewing an early cut of “Gunda,” Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix was so moved by the film that he came on as an executive producer. Phoenix has a long history of advocating for animal rights and related issues (including in his 2020 Academy…

THE FOUL TRUTH: Officials to investigate CCTV from duck slaughterhouse after animal rights group’s video exposed horror scenes

SOPHIE TANNO: Food standards chiefs are to investigate Britain's largest duck producer after alarming footage appeared to show 'cruel treatment' of birds destined for Christmas dinner tables. Undercover footage taken inside the slaughterhouse of Gressingham Duck, based in Redgrave, Suffolk, was taken by animal rights campaigners at the end of September. The company kills around eight million ducks a year and supplies Red Tractor Assured duck to Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco, Co-Op, ASDA and Morrisons. Animal rights campaigners have accused the company of breaching of fifteen EU, UK…

Bruce Friedrich: Will plant-based meat become the new fast food?

NEIL KING: McDonald’s introduction of the "McPlant" product line is further proof that meat alternatives are here to stay. But can they really replace meat in the long run? Bruce Friedrich is the founder and executive director of the Good Food Institute (GFI), an international non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that strives for alternatives to conventional agriculture products. DW's environment podcast team "On the Green Fence" spoke with Bruce about the future of food as part of a series on meat consumption: DW: What, in your opinion, is wrong with eating meat? Industrial…

BLOOD LUST: Pigs blood is being turned into protein powder by Danish scientists

MAEVE CAMPBELL: Danish researchers are turning pigs’ blood into a source of protein powder to be added to food... A team at the University of Copenhagen thinks it could act as a sustainable source of protein for humans. Currently, 60,000 tons of pig's blood is left over from pork production in Denmark and the majority is sold on the international market for animal feed. But due to its high nutritional value, at 90 per cent protein, scientists say it could be used as a supplement in a wide variety of foods instead. The protein powder the team has produced is white and neutral tasting, so it…

CARNISM: Three core myths about eating animals, and why food tech may vanquish them

SIGAL SAMUEL: In 1989, the social psychologist Melanie Joy became a vegetarian almost by accident. She ate a hamburger contaminated with campylobacter and became so ill that she couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat again. So she set about learning new ways to cook for a meatless diet, reading cookbooks and doing research. In the process, she started to learn about the suffering of non-human animals, the suffering of workers on factory farms, and the environmental toll exacted by animal agriculture. This new knowledge shocked her. “But what shocked me in some ways even more than what I…